Burns opens EOL play with 2 wins

Posted on September 19th in Sports

Charli Siegner goes up for a shot in Burns’ match with Crook County. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Hilanders to host Ridgeview on Sept. 20

By Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns volleyball team got their Eastern Oregon League (EOL) season off to a great start, winning both of their matches on the road on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Burns traveled to Umatilla for their first match of the day and came away with a three-game sweep of the Vikings, 25-20, 25-15, 25-14.

The Burns offense played well, recording 32 kills in the three games. Charli Siegner knocked down 11 kills, Jordan Long seven, Kayla McConnell and Erika Bentz five apiece and Madison Carson and Megan Lee two each.

McConnell accounted for 18 of the team’s 27 assists and Mariah Ribeiro added seven.

Defensively, Burns finished with 35 digs, led by McConnell and Bentz with eight each. Baylee Hanner had six, Ribeiro five and Carson four.

McConnell was also named Player of the Game for the Hilanders.

The Hilanders then traveled to Boardman and kept things rolling along with a three-game sweep of Riverside, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18.

McConnell led the team in kills with 11, Siegner added another 10 and Bentz seven.

Siegner had a good match serving the ball, racking up nine aces in her 18 serve attempts.

Burns finished with 23 assists, led by McConnell with 15 and Lee five.

Hanner and McConnell each recorded 10 digs, Siegner six and Ribeiro five.

Siegner received Player of the Game honors for her performance.

The Burns JV team also won both of their matches against Umatilla and Riverside.

The Hilanders host Ridgeview on Thursday, Sept. 20, with matches starting at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Burns varsity team competes in the Sisters Tournament.

The Hilanders host Grant Union at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The Hilanders hosted Crook County on Thursday, Sept. 13, and it was a clean sweep for the visiting Cowgirls.

The Cowgirls, currently fifth in the 4A rankings, won the varsity match 25-14, 25-11, 25-13.

Siegner had half of the team’s 12 kills, while Bentz and Long each finished with three.

The Hilanders did come up with six blocks, led by Long and Carson with two each.

McConnell had eight assists and the team came up with 21 digs, with McConnell, Siegner and Kylee Fisher each getting three.

Hanner was chosen as the Hilander Player of the Game.

Crook County won the JV match in two games and the Cowgirls beat Burns two games to one in the frosh/soph match.

The Burns volleyball team swept the Lakeview Honkers in non-conference action on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Hilanders beat the Honkers 25-18 in the first game, took the second game 26-24 and then put the match away with a 25-20 decision in the third game.

The Hilanders recorded 31 kills in the match, led by Siegner with 13. Bentz added seven kills and Long had four.

McConnell had 11 of the team’s 18 assists, while Ribeiro and Lee each had three.

Burns played well on the defensive side, coming up with 56 digs. Siegner finished with 19, Fisher 15, Bentz seven and Ribeiro five.

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